Rooted and Grounded:
A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

September 18-20, 2014

Hosted by Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana

Read the AMBS news story about the conference.

See a photo album of presenters and activities on Facebook.

Read a report on the conference in Canadian Mennonite.

Many people are becoming increasingly aware of the intimate connection between the environmental crisis and humanity’s detachment from the land. Many are perceiving the profound link between the (un)health of the land and the inner disorder of our Western society. As God’s people, the church must imagine and embody an alternative that cultivates shalom between individuals, within and between communities, between humans and the rest of creation, and with God.

This conference is one way we will engage in a theology that cares for God’s creation, for the land and all that lives on it. We invite pastors, scholars, creation care advocates and practitioners to join the discussion.

Conference keynote speakers

Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, Durham, N.C., and author of Scripture, Culture, and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible (Cambridge University Press, 2008), among many other important works.

S. Roy Kaufman, retired Mennonite pastor and author of Healing God’s Earth: Rural Community in the Context of Urban Civilization (Wipf and Stock, 2013).

Barbara Rossing, Professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. Her publications include The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation (Basic Books, 2004) and articles and book chapters on the Apocalypse and ecology.


Along with AMBS, these two organizations are cooperating in this event:

Workshops and papers

Download a complete list of workshop and paper presentations, including descriptions. (PDFUpdated 9/12).


Get an overview of the workshops, plenary sessions and meal times. An expanded schedule is also available for download (PDFUpdated 9/16).

Immersion experiences

On Friday afternoon, conference attendees will have the option of visiting one of ten local sites. Find out more about each location.

Several immersions experiences already have the maximum number of registrants. Please check the information to see what is still available before registering.